Exclusive: Ali Elliott talks 'Survivor' -- My reaction to being voted out wasn't because I was blindsided
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/02/2017
Ali Elliott was voted out of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers during Wednesday night's episode on CBS.
Ali, a 24-year-old celebrity assistant from Eastvale, CA who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, was voted out of her "Soko" tribe on Night 16 of the game through a 3-1 vote instead of her personal target, JP Hilsabeck, a 28-year-old firefighter from Los Angeles, CA.
"I guess I let a little twerp like [Ryan Ulrich] ruin my whole game. And [Chrissy Hofbeck] is the liar of all liars. If she lies that way for the rest of the game, she's going to win," Ali said following her ouster. "I came into this game thinking that I was just going to play with all of my head, and maybe I did add my heart in. Maybe I trusted people a little too much and that's what got me."
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Ali talked about her Survivor experience and being eliminated right before the merge. Below is a portion of what she had to say.
Reality TV World: You seemed shocked and devastated when Jeff Probst read your name on the votes. Is that accurate to say, and were you definitely blindsided?
Ali Elliott: I don't think my reaction was because of a blindside. I think I had a feeling that, you know, I was already on the bottom. I think my reaction was more because I love the game! You know, I love the game of Survivor.
And I went out there, it was a dream to play the game. And I think my reaction or my emotion at the end had to come from knowing that my dream was over, and knowing that I didn't get as far as I had hoped.
Yeah, I think that was -- even watching it back, all of these emotions come back, and I even cried watching because I just love the game so much. Even though it didn't turn out the way I wanted, it was still such a great experience.
Yeah, I don't think it was a blindside. I think the blindside the week before was probably more setting me up for what ended up happening.
Reality TV World: Do you think the decision to vote you out belonged to Ryan or Chrissy? I'm wondering if you think Ryan may have been reluctant or if you think both of them were fully onboard with the decision together.
Ali Elliott: Well, I think the decision came purely off of him leaving me out of that first vote. If he really wanted to work with me moving forward after the merge, he would've told me, "Hey, I have this Super Idol. Me and Chrissy are close, but you don't need to worry about anything. Vote with us and we'll move our game further, all three of us together."
And of course at that moment, I would've been [onboard]. I had no other options! My motto going into it was always, "As long as it's not me." And if [Ryan] felt he could still work with me because we had created this close bond early on, I would have been enamored. I would've been happy.
I don't think it really had anything to do with the last three days I was there. I tried to fight and tried to come up with reasons for them to keep me and tried to make myself look as best as possible for them and their game moving forward. That decision was made days early on.
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Reality TV World: After Roark Luskin was voted out of the tribe, Ryan was shown saying though that since you were mad at him -- and it's very bad to have enemies in this game -- he may have to get rid of you. Do you think that played a role in the vote at all?
Ali Elliott: I don't think so. I think that was more of an excuse. I think if he really wanted to work with me, he would've told me about the initial vote. Whenever we talked, you know, whether it would be Chrissy or JP, he never had any inclination that it was going to be somebody other than those people.
And I feel like if the Super Idol wasn't involved, it would have been either of those people. He would've been coming to me and saying, "Let's get Roark on our side because we need the swing."
So I don't think that me blowing up at him or anything -- because me and him were tight. So my emotion or my anger and my frustration with him came from his actions. So, he knew what he was doing.
Reality TV World: When you were shown burying the hatchet with Ryan, when he apologized to you, did you genuinely forgive him and want to work with him again, or did you just say that in order to hopefully survive the next vote or two before the merge?
Ali Elliott: I was just going along with it. I mean, I was just so -- over the last few days, I was so confused. Because I had no idea about the Super Idol, I was just so confused, and so, him saying those things, at that point I was like, "Does he even want to work with me?"
So you know, I knew I had to go out and look for an idol. I knew that I was on the bottom, but I had hope that maybe it was a mistake and maybe he realized he should've told me. So that's [it].
My last few days were basically just hoping and grasping at straws. Anything that I said or anything that I did for these people would hopefully mean you're forgiven and we can move forward.
Reality TV World: Chrissy was shown saying that she didn't trust you because you had voted for her before. Did your Chrissy vote seal your fate in the game? Do you think the outcome would've been different had you voted for Roark at the previous Tribal Council?
Ali Elliott: I think so completely. I think that had I voted for Roark, they would've thought that I was on the same page as them. But the thing is, being left out of the loop, how would I have known that, you know?
We knew going into our swap that we had three Tribals until the merge, and having three people be the majority, I knew we only needed one. I did not want to go 2-2 with two Hustlers and two Heroes. It just didn't make sense to me. And so I knew that once we won that first immunity, we were set.
We had two people who were expendable -- we had Chrissy and JP -- and we only needed Roark. And of course Roark actually had five other Healers in the game, but for me, it didn't matter in that moment. I was only focused on my short-term game at that moment.
Be sure to check back with Reality TV World soon for more from our exclusive Survivor interview with Ali Elliott.